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Joycelyn Betty Mumford

Womens Land Army

My mother, Joyce Mumford was in the Women's Land Army and was at a hostel named Littlewoods,not far from Braxted Park in Essex. She was a tractor driver and worked on the fields at Braxted Park and farms around that area. I can remember my Mum telling me stories about when she was in the land army, one of the things she used to tell me, was about the Italian prisoners of war. They used to be taken out of camp to help the girls on the farms, they were very cheeky and used to pinch her bottom, so she sometimes used to get her own back on them; The prisoners used to have to sit on the plough to add extra weight to it if the ground was hard and dry, so she would rev up the tractor and go faster to give them a bumpy ride.

I only have two photographs of her in uniform, if any one who worked with her or knew her, I would be grateful of any info or photograph's of her and I would like to contact anyone who was at the same billet with her.

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As a tractor driver not only working on Braxted Park and local farm. She had to help clear Tiptree Heath,in Esssex of trees and scrub. She then had to help plough the heath and prepare it for and grow crops on the heath.

Alan C Theobald

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